Interview Series: Jez Ry (Acid Stag, Mammal Sounds)

Interview Series: Jez Ry (Acid Stag, Mammal Sounds) - DaiquiriHawk.comOver the past 10 years, bloggers and independent musicians have shared an increasingly important bond. While the mainstream is mostly controlled by organizations the independent landscape is rich with talent. So how does one go about finding this talent? Even more so, how does one provide such artists with a platform for exposure?

Australian super-blog “Acid Stag” and PR company “Mammal Sounds” founder, Jez Ry is a master of discovering great music. The founder of Acid Stag is constantly covering the freshest and most genuine music being created today. Catering to no specific sound, genre, they bridge the gap between popular artists and those who are up and coming. His work with Mammal Sounds goes deeper with Jez pushing various artists who’s works may go otherwise unnoticed.

His passion is apparent and he has done well to make an ever growing name for both Acid Stag and Mammal Sounds. We had the chance to ask him a few questions and we gladly did so 🙂

1. What made you want to get into music PR and blogging?

Acid Stag; I was always on the hunt for new tunes and sharing them with (hassling) my friends on Facebook or whatever, then after a a year or so of watching me do this, my boyfriend at the time suggested we make a music blog and start putting these tracks up there, so we did, and that was the birth of Acid Stag and within 6 months I was doing a phone interview with one of my favourite bands of all time, The Rapture – insane!

Mammal Sounds; I began managing some friends of mine a few years ago called Back Back Forward Punch. I just wanted to help them get their music out there, and thought that being a band manager would be pretty cool, haha. This was going quite well for just over a year before I took on another duo called Midnight Pool Party, and from there things just kept rolling along very nicely. Before I knew it I was managing five insanely talented projects – cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party, Back Back Forward Punch, and my newest guy Benji Lewis.

The publicity side of Mammal Sounds came from all of the terrible publicity Acid Stag was being sent. I felt so bad for these artists that were paying these people to promote their music in such a shitty way, and figured I could do a better job and really help them out, so I started doing publicity for other artists outside the MS mgmt roster, and that just seemed to take on a life of its own.

 

2. Both Acid Stag and Mammal Sounds share the work of artists across multiple genres. Are there any that you prefer in particular?

My tastes are quite varied actually…but you can see that from the content on Acid Stag I guess. For me it’s all about losing yourself in a really good song, a song that has an effect on you, whether that’s physical or emotional….and I will admit that I do have a bit of a soft-spot when it comes to disco 🙂

 

3. Which artists do you see making their mark in 2017?

haha, well I’d suggest keeping an eye on cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party & Benji Lewis, who all have some pretty exciting things happening this year. I do also have my eyes on a few other talented artists but I don’t want to give them away just yet 🙂

 

4. The Australian music scene has been red hot for years. How have you seen it change over time?

When I was growing up it felt like Australia was just so far away and disconnected from the rest of the world. I used to have to order CDs via a dial-up modem internet and wait weeks for them to arrive…it was painful!

There’s such an insane amount of young talented artists coming out of Australia these days. One of the things I love most about Acid Stag is being able to discover so many of these artists/musicians/producers on a regular basis, and that’s also how I met my guys cln, Golden Vessel, Midnight Pool Party and Benji Lewis!

ahh the internet, I’d be lost without you!

 

5. If you could meet yourself but a younger version…what advice would you give them?

don’t be scared, do everything 🙂

 

6. Favourite meal to enjoy before heading out for a show?

Hmmm, I think pizza is my preferred pre-gig dinner choice, a delicious vegetarian pizza with pumpkin!

 

Enjoy the latest HUMP DAY mix from Acid Stag and our good friends, Just Kiddin:

 

Cosmo’s Midnight – History

Well, I for one, am VERY happy about this little slice of disco goodness…a new song from Cosmo’s Midnight!

Yeah, THAT Cosmo’s Midnight!

With a welcoming ring to a new year, the CM boys bring a beautifully orchestrated piece of future disco here, with their new track, “History“. Floating synths glide along a beautiful vocal track, bringing the head-nods to an ultimate high as the chorus kicks into gear.

If you like feeling good, dancing around in your living room, or just believing that a song can change your whole outlook…dive into this bad boy right now.

Date Night ft Neda – Something More

Delighted to bring you a fresh track from Australian-sax house masters “Date Night“. The boys (Anders, Mike, and Sharif) recently put out their debut album and this is just one, fantastic and engaging offering from the record. “Something More” features the talents of Neda and is a slight break from their usual work.

Featuring a slowed down tempo and plenty of funk, “Something More” is a track that can appeal to everyone. Great arrangement and of course the instrumental work is amazing. Enjoy this one anytime, anywhere.

Soul Clap – Synthesizer Girlfriend

Soul Clap is life. Go vote.

~ Get on this ~

Go get this whole dope album Crew Love


New G-house AND FRIENDS comin at cha Saturday at 10pm at the Short Stop – 1455 Sunset blvd.
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Till next boogie,
Most West
Mix & Interview HERE

Fresh Band – Come Back Lover (Dub Version)

Hey folks got a quick boogie recommendation for you guys this week. I went to the Crate Diggers Record fair and snagged some serious gems. This one right here comes right out of 1984 from the Fresh Band on Are ‘n Be Records.
~ Get on this ~

Snag the EP on vinyl at Discogs


Till next boogie,
Most West
Mix & Interview HERE

Snacks – Matinee

This week I want to alert you to your new favorite record from the duo known as Snacks. I love how a group can be so versatile in their style. I have been following Snacks since that wizard face EP a year ago. Now on the House of Disco label they just released this bouncy af soul-house jam. On the flip side there is a really fun Fouk remix that bumps. Bravo Snacks, I will be playing this one for a while. ~ Get on this ~

Snag the whole EP on vinyl at Juno / Phonica / Discogs
or digitally at Vibedeck / Junodownload


 

Till next boogie,
Most West
Mix & Interview HERE

KIU D – Jazzy Taste

This week I am bringing you some Nu-jazz from the Italian producer KIU D. This track absolutely killed on the dancefloor at last weekends AND FRIENDS.   ~ Get on this ~

Snag the whole EP on Juno Downloads.


This Saturday at ETA in Highland Park we have our other monthly get down: Backbeat. This month I will be holding it down with a little help from my friends.  RSVP now on the facebook event.

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If you haven’t already you should check out my new mix + interview that we dropped yesterday where I talk about tacos and other super deep stuff. HERE

 

Till next boogie,
Most West

Mr PC – Boogie With Me

Hey folks this week I got another infectious toe tapper for ya from Detroit. So much gold comes out of Detroit but this tops the charts for me. Peter Croce (AKA Mr PC) owns and operates Rocksteady Disco a really great label which had another great release this summer, Rocksteady Disco Allstars Vol. 1 – which has yet to leave my bag.  ~ Get on this ~

Snag this underground gold while you can on Discogs.


This Saturday at The Short Stop we have our monthly get down: And Friends. This month we got 2 great guests Charles Dezlin with my main man Justin Cornwall RSVP now on the facebook event.

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Till next boogie,
Most West

Space Echo – Rainbow Power

Hey gang looks like I found another funky heater. Herd this in a mixtape recently and really got into it and had to buy/share. it’s all about how that hard ass baseline and that acidy synth. Gives a motherfucker the chills ~ Get on this ~

Snag it on vinyl at Juno
Or snag the digital at Juno Download

 

Till next boogie,
Most West

Nicolette Larson – Lotta Luv (VA + JCG Edit)

Another terrific release from VinyAddicted with support from Jean Claude Gavri on this amazing 10” pink vinyl. They really did a superb job of updating and clubbing up this Nicolette Larson classic. If you love your mom (and limited edition records) you should buy this and have a little dance party with her ~ Get on this ~

Snag this soon to be impossible to find record at Discogs.

 

Till next boogie,
Most West